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How do I make a claim to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario?
Important COVID-19 update about time limits
When figuring out the deadline to take a legal step, the time between March 16 and September 14, 2020 does not count. This is because of an emergency order that stopped all time limits to start a case during that time. Find out how this could affect you.
If an employer, landlord, union representative, or service provider discriminates against you in a way that goes against Ontario's human rights laws, you might be able to make a claim against them. You can make your claim with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
Discrimination that is against human rights laws
Employers, landlords, union representatives, and service providers aren't allowed to discriminate for reasons that are against human rights laws.
This means that, in most cases, you can’t be treated differently based on personal differences listed in the Human Rights Code. These include your:
- race, colour, or ethnic background
- citizenship or the country you are from
- sexual orientation
- gender identity
- gender expression
- physical or mental disability, including an addiction
- marital status (for example, married, divorced, single, or living common-law)
or because you:
- are pregnant
- have children
The deadline to apply to the Tribunal is one year from the date you were discriminated against.
It is very important that you file your application with the Tribunal within the one year period. If you miss the deadline, you can still apply, but you must explain why you're applying late. it is very rare for the Tribunal to accept a late application.